National / Crime & Legal Mar 31, 2014

Hanged man maintained innocence to the end

Michitoshi Kuma, who was hanged in 2008 for the kidnapping and killing of two girls in Fukuoka, argued his innocence right up until his execution. Kuma continued to assert his innocence even after his death sentence was finalized in 2006, saying "the truth will come ...

National Mar 27, 2014

Amnesty: Let 'tragedy' be a lesson to Japan's courts

by Tomohiro Osaki

Prosecutors must swiftly accept Thursday's Shizuoka District Court decision to reopen a high-profile 1966 murder case and get to the truth behind the conviction of former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada, the Japan branch of Amnesty International said after the ruling. After nearly five decades in ...

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

National / Crime & Legal Mar 27, 2014

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

Hideko Hakamada, the 81-year-old sister of Iwao Hakamada, who was on death row more than three decades after he was convicted of murdering a family of four in Shizuoka Prefecture, expressed delight Thursday after learning he was being freed while his case is re-examined. She ...

National / Crime & Legal Dec 4, 2013

Court calls end to plea seeking 'Teigin' retrial

The Tokyo High Court will drop the retrial plea for the late Sadamichi Hirasawa, who was condemned over the infamous 1948 "Teigin Incident" murder case, because his adopted son, who was pursuing the appeal, died in October. Takehiko Hirasawa, who had filed the plea, the ...

National / Crime & Legal Jun 27, 2013

Top court rejects United Red Army member's appeal

The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal filed by death-row inmate and former United Red Army member Hiroshi Sakaguchi of two lower court rulings that rejected his plea for a retrial. In a decision dated Monday that became binding immediately, the top court's five-justice ...

Retrial appeal in '79 murder case rejected

National / Crime & Legal Mar 7, 2013

Retrial appeal in '79 murder case rejected

The Kagoshima District Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal for a retrial filed by a woman who served a 10-year prison term for killing her brother-in-law in 1979. The decision came after the district court in 2002 decided to reopen the case involving Ayako Haraguchi, ...